july 2007

Updates

Texas A&M University System Announces Affiliation with Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Laboratory Management Team

The A&M System's role, subject to Department of Energy approval, will be to operate an institute at LLNL dedicated to national-security education and research.

Updates

ApNano Materials Establishes Nano Armor Subsidiary to Produce Ultra-Strong Bullet-Proof Products

The Nano Armor products will be based on ApNano's proprietary nanospheres and nanotubes, which are excellent-shock absorbing materials and among the most impact-resistant substances known in the world today.

Updates

University of Minnesota, Center for Public Health Preparedness Offers New Program - Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation

This simulation focuses on the application of public-health response-and-recovery principles related to the following topics: Incident Command System, Risk Communications, Food Safety, Disaster Mental Health, and Disaster Preparedness.

Updates

Delta's DSC 2000 Barricade to Protect Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Parking Structures

Delta's fastest, smallest, and shallowest foundation barricade is K12 crash-certified with no penetration, meaning it will stop a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph (80 kph) dead in its tracks.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - DOD Combatant Commands' Preparedeness Efforts Could Benefit from More Clearly Defined Roles, Resources, and Risk Mitigation

This report focuses on DOD's combatant commands (COCOM) and addresses (1) actions the COCOMs have taken to prepare and (2) management challenges COCOMs face going forward in planning for a pandemic influenza outbreak.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office - Department of Defense (DOD) Combatant Commands' Preparedness Efforts Could Benefit from More Clearly Defined Roles, Resources, and Risk Mitigation

This report focuses on DOD's combatant commands (COCOM) and addresses (1) actions the COCOMs have taken to prepare and (2) management challenges COCOMs face going forward.

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Updates

Statement by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on a New Agreement With the European Union for Passenger Name Record Data-Sharing

DHS Secretary Chertoff has signed an agreement with the European Union that will allow the department to continue using Passenger Name Record data as a screening tool for detecting potentially dangerous travelers.

Updates

Hong Kong to Scan U.S.-Bound Goods for Radiation as Part of Secure Freight Initiative

The United States and Hong Kong will cooperate on the Secure Freight Initiative, which is aimed at keeping radioactive weapons out of U.S.-bound cargo.

Updates

Mustang Survival Rescue Stick Wins MAATS 2007 Innovation Award for Safety

The Rescue Stick is a powerful rescue tool in the hands of professionals and recreational users. Anyone who can throw a stick can throw it to someone in distress in the water.

Updates

MDI Receives $600,000 Security Project from Large Government Contractor to Provide Products and Services to Major Departmental Agency

MDI will provide industry-leading technology products and professional services for this high-security government engagement.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - HHS Needs to Ensure the Availability of Health Screening and Monitoring for All Responders

Screening and monitoring services should be available to all responders (federal and nonfederal) residing in and outside of the New York City metropolitan area.

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Preparedness

The TSP Program - A Valuable Insurance Policy

by Joan Grewe -

The federal government has several ways for state and local jurisdictions to repair and/or restore their communications systems in times of disaster. But many jurisdictions either don't know how, or don't have the money; neither excuse is acceptable.

Commentary

Debris Removal - How to Avoid Jurisdictional Disputes

by Kirby McCrary -

Several companies, each with a valid contract to clear debris from the same road. Who wins? Not the taxpayer, certainly. Advance planning can solve the problem, and a few federally funded programs will also help.

Podcast

Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, Director, Biodefense and Public Health Practice, PTRM Management Consultants

DomesticPreparedness met with Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, Director, Biodefense and Public Health Practice, PTRM Management Consultants. The key architect of the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Act, which established the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides his insights on homeland-security medical countermeasures implementation, procurement, and organization for advanced research and development.

Overview of ASPR Implementation

The operational imperative behind the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Act and the HHS Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) strategy and implementation plan.

Overview of Procurement and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)

How a government market for the biodefense industry parallels the government’s aerospace market – and the differences between the two. The challenge posed by high failure rates in pharmaceutical development. The standup of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the key operational link between basic research and acquisition for the Strategic National Stockpile.

Medical Countermeasures

The importance of a concept of operations (CONOPS) for a medical-countermeasure program. First-responder and health officials’ input into the implementation process. Triage and the requirements for clinical diagnostic assays. Balancing preventive and treatment strategies. The operational implications of the “one bug, one drug” strategy vs. broad-spectrum pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Investments in non-pharmaceutical medical countermeasures. Squaring medical countermeasure investments against non-medical countermeasures.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces SentryRAE Steel

The SentryRAE Steel, a 5 gas multi-sensor toxic gas monitor for extremely hazardous environments, is intended for use in industrial or emergency response environments.

Updates

Rontal Announces Comprehensive Incident Management System for Remote Locations

SimGuard 6000 enables users to get the comprehensive, updated picture of what happens at all sites regarding safety, security, and facility management.

Updates

Zebra Introduces P630i Card Printer/Encoder with Single-Sided Lamination

The P630i printer provides greater security and reliability, and a quicker turnaround, to print ten of millions of secure IDs which are used by the governments of many countries.

Reports

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pandemic Planning Update IV, a Report From Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

This report outlines current monitoring efforts, vaccine production, and the status of state and local preparedness.

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Updates

Coast Lanterns Light The Way for Emergency Preparedness

Coast Lanterns provide long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lanterns ideal for emergency situations and wicked weather.

Updates

Four Communities to Pilot New Federal Environmental Health Partnership

This new initiative is aimed at strengthening the capacity of communities to identify and effectively address environmental-protection and public-health services.

Updates

New International Health Regulations Enter Into Force in the United States

The updated rules are designed to prevent and protect against the international spread of diseases while minimizing interference with world travel and trade.

Updates

Disaster Drills and Hurricane Experience Help SkyPort Global Prepare Governments and Businesses for Emergencies

SkyPort is being called upon for equipment and satellite transmission capacity as officials in both government and private industry run drills and exercises to make sure they are prepared for the worst.

Preparedness

AIHA's Mock Meth Lab Highlights Health and Safety Risks

by Heather McArthur -

Science may be wonderful, but it is also extremely lethal, particularly when used to manufacture illegal drugs. The clandestine meth labs set up in cities throughout the United States are prime examples of disasters waiting to happen.

Preparedness

CERFPs: The Essential Elements

by Jonathan Dodson -

Quietly and without much fanfare, the National Guard's multi-mission CERFPs have become key units in federal as well as state plans to deal with mass-casualty incidents on the U.S. homeland.

Updates

New Study Reveals Growing Need for Interoperable Radio Communications in U.S. Public Safety Sectors

Report prepared for the SDR (Software Defined Radio) Forum provides a comprehensive look at a market spurred by 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Updates

GE Security's DirecDoor Opens Door to Advanced, Low-Cost Flexibility for Access-Control Systems

DirecDoor is the industry's only two-reader and two-door, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), IP-connected access controller.

Reports

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector Plans and Sector Councils Continue to Evolve

This report discusses: how the sector-specific plans meet NIPP (National Infrastructure Protection Plan) & DHS requirements; the government/sector coordinating council members' views on the value of the plans; & the key successes & challenges encountered.

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Updates

Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations Unveil Measures to Enhance National Security Oversight

The oversight and compliance programs will be at the forefront of the Justice Department's ongoing efforts to ensure that national security investigations are conducted in a manner consistent with the nation's laws, regulations, and policies.

Reports

National EMS Core Content - A Report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National EMS Core Content uses the Model of Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine as the template. This will further align the out-of-hospital community with the medical community.

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Updates

350 Delta Scientific MP5000 High Security Portable Barricade Systems in Use

Mobile deployable vehicle crash barrier carries K4/L1 rating, and will stop a 7.5 ton (6400 Kg) vehicle traveling 30 mph (48 kph). Three barriers have recently been deployed to Iraq.

Updates

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Adds Anti-Microbial Plastic to All HandKey and HandPunch Platens

Advanced plastic technology reduces spread of micro organisms from laying hands on hand reader terminals.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Completes Second Down-Select of Proposed Sites for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility

DHS announces that these sites are in the running to be selected as the next National Biological and Agricultural Defense Facility, which ultimately will help the nation defend against animal and plant disease threats.

Updates

First Response Coalition Commends Senate for Passing Resolution Making September 25th National First Responder Appreciation Day

Senate passes resolution 215 to designate September 25th as National First Responder Appreciation Day.

Healthcare

Emergency Medical Services at a Mass Casualty Incident

by Joseph Cahill -

Standard operating procedures are by definition not enough when EMS responders are called to the scene of a mass-casualty incident. Extraordinary and/or non-standard procedures are not only permitted, therefore, but frequently mandatory.

Preparedness

Important Gains Registered at Small-Vessel Security Summit

by Joseph DiRenzo III -

Attendees at the DHS security "summit" conference last month represented a broad spectrum of small-vessel operators and other stakeholders. The consensus verdict: Much was accomplished, but much more remains to be done.

Updates

Rontal Announces Extension of SimGuard's Crowd-Behavior Prediction Module

Rontal announces an extension of SimGuard's crowd-behavior prediction module that improves the system's ability to predict crowd behavior during evacuation.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Publishes Health Information for International Travel 2008

CDC Health Information for International Travel, known in the field as the Yellow Book, is published every two years as a reference for those who advise international travelers of potential health risks.

Reports

New York City Fire Department Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Strategy

The purpose in creating this strategy is to ensure the fire department is prepared to protect the lives of the firefighters who serve the FDNY. The strategy will provide guidelines to prepare for, prevent, and/or respond to future disasters.

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Updates

Raytheon Company's JPS Communications Partner with Votan Research to Announce the DVU-1000 In-Car Video System

The DVU-1000 allows incidents to be recoded, transmitted, and stored for evidentiary purposes. The DVU-100 also replays every incident in broadcast quality.

Updates

ICx Technologies Announces Achievement of More Than 400,000 Hours of Successful Radar Operation on Southwest Border

ICx Technologies announced that its high-performance ground-surveillance radars (supplied by ICx Radar Systems business unit) have now exceeded 400,000 hours of cumulative operation on the U.S./Mexico border.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Announces Pilot of Multi-View and High-Definition X-Ray Machines at Security Checkpoints

These new tools will provide greatly enhanced explosive-detection capabilities for the inspection of carry-on baggage.

Updates

AMA To Launch New Disaster Medicine Journal

Lead studies in first issue focus on Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The first comprehensive and authoritative publication emphasizing the science of disaster planning, response and recovery.

Reports

Securing and Protecting America's Railroad System: U.S. Railroads and Opportunities for Terrorist Threats

This report was prepared for Citizens for Rail Safety Inc. by Penn State University. Recommendations are made for securing, funding, and assessing risks related to rail security.

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Updates

Z-Medica Corporation Launches QuikClot 1st Response(tm) and QuikClot ACS(tm), Giving First Responder and Military Users the Ability to Stop Severe Bleeding at the Scene Safely and Effectively

The new products give military and first-responder users the ability to save lives by stopping severe bleeding right at the scene of a bleeding incident, without concern that they also might cause burning.

Reports

First Responder's Guide to Satellite Communications: Satellites as Part of the Solution

This guide, brought to you by the Satellite Industry Association, will provide a better understanding of the unique resource that satellite communications brings to the field of public safety. Included in the guide is an overview of systems & a glossary.

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Updates

Leica Geosystems Introduces Innovative, One-Stop 'Field to Finish' Solution for High Accuracy Mobile GIS at ESRI User Conference

MobileMatriX is multi-sensor mobile GIS software designed to operate on Tablet PCs as an extension to ESRI's ArcGISTM desktop platform.

Updates

Government Services Administration (GSA) Rates Delta Scientific - Outstanding!

"Our GSA contract permits U.S. agencies to make direct purchases of Delta's counter-terrorist products in a timely manner, enabling them to better protect our nation's infrastructure and U.S. troops overseas," said Delta Scientific SVP David Dickinson.